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NZSO brings renowned pianist Steven Osborne to Hamilton in July

Acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne will perform in Hamilton on 19 July, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a new work by Kiwi composer Michael Norris.

Maatauranga will have Osborne, hailed as “one of the UK’s most gifted pianists”, performing Beethoven’s boundary-pushing Piano Concerto No. 4.

 “There’s an incredible thing with Beethoven, this ability to not go through the motions but to fundamentally create something each time,” says Osborne.

The pianist last played with the NZSO in 2009, where he was praised by critics for his performances of Mozart and Shostakovich. “Osborne may cut a slight, modest figure, but he can deliver thunderbolts,” says The New Zealand Herald.

Michael Norris’ new work Maatauranga (Rerenga) is inspired by Captain James Cook’s first encounters with Maaori in 1769. It was commissioned as part of the NZSO’s Landfall Series to mark the 250th anniversary of the encounters this year. Norris’ evocative piece will include the sounds of taonga puoro, (traditional Maaori instruments) and live electronics to represent indigenous flora and fauna, as well as maatauranga – Maaori knowledge and wisdom.

The Maatauranga tour will be the NZSO debut of Grammy-nominated Uruguayan conductor Carlos Kalmar.

Maestro Kalmar has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and is Music Director of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2012 and 2015. “I dedicate myself with all my energy and talent to the great language of music. The important thing is to find the kernels of deepest truth in one’s art form and commit oneself to convey those truths,” he says.

Maatauranga will also feature Felix Mendelssohn’s famous The Hebrides Overture, inspired by a visit to Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa, and Mozart’s inventive Symphony No.38. Nicknamed the Prague Symphony for where it premiered, Mozart’s Symphony No.38 is one of his most adventurous works, written during an intense period of creativity for the prolific composer.

Tickets to Maatauranga at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena are available via ticketek.co.nz

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